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Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott Resigns


Longtime Portland bureau director Dean Marriott has agreed to resign in the wake of a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control.

Marriott, who has spent 20 years atop the city's sewer and stormwater bureau, will receive one year's salary—$199,160—plus $49,000 in legal expenses, according to the terms of a deal announced in the City Cou...   More
Friday, January 2, 2015 by AARON MESH

Street Fee Opponents Pledge to Send Portland City Hall's Transportation Fund to the Voters


It no longer matters what City Hall comes up with for a street fee to fund transportation projects: An opposition group tells WW it will circulate petitions to force the proposal to the ballot.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick’s ever-shifting plan would raise $46 million a year to pay for road repairs and maintenance. Hales and Novick s...   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by AARON MESH

Few Uber Allies

Car-sharing-app company Uber does two things: grow and devour.

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Like Audrey II, the talking plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the car-sharing-app company Uber—whose troubled entry to Portland is the subject of our cover story this week—does two things: gro   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick Wants A Street Fee That Uses Your Income to Estimate How Much Gas You Burn


City Commissioner Steve Novick says he'll try to pass a compromise version of the proposed street fee to fund city transportation projects that would charge households by levels of estimated gasoline consumption.
Novick warns that if City Council or voters reject that plan, he'll return with an income tax that places a heavy burden on the rich.

"We are proposing a r...   More
Monday, December 29, 2014 by AARON MESH

Meet Marley Natural, the First Big-Brand Marijuana Invading Oregon


This week's edition of WW takes a look back at the most popular stories of 2014. Our roundup also includes a glimpse about what's coming next year: big-brand marijuana.

Unlike other states with legal weed, Oregon allows out-of-state investment in its pot market...   More
Friday, December 26, 2014 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: City Commissioner Nick Fish Berates Airbnb Lobbyist

"You want to have your cake and eat it too," Fish says. "This has shades of Uber all over it."


Uber isn't Portland's only fight with a sharing-economy startup. The love affair between City Hall and Airbnb is publicly fraying.

City Commissioner Nick Fish has been pushing a crackdown on Airbnb hosts w...   More
Monday, December 22, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Commissioner Steve Novick: Uber Still Has to Pay $67,750 in Portland Fines


City Commissioner Steve Novick says Uber's agreement to back out of Portland for three months doesn't mean it can escape paying $67,750 in city fines for operating illegally the past two weeks.

"Steve is intent on fining them," says Novick policy advisor Bryan Hockaday. "And he made that clear to the mayor. The mayor's office has not responded yet."

Mayor Char...   More
Friday, December 19, 2014 by AARON MESH

Uber Will Leave Portland for Three Months, in Deal with City Hall for New Ride-Sharing Rules


The ride-sharing company Uber has agreed to stop picking up riders in Portland for the next three months, as part of an agreement with Mayor Charlie Hales to speed up the process for new taxi and ride-sharing regulations, officials from the city and Uber tell WW.

The agreement makes Portland the first city in the United States where Uber has volunta...   More
Thursday, December 18, 2014 by AARON MESH

Lobbying Group Including Airbnb Pushes Back on Portland's Plan to Toughen Short-Term Rental Rules


Airbnb is marshaling other home-sharing sites to fight Portland City Hall plans to crack down on unlicensed hosts.

City Council is scheduled to vote Dec. 18 on an ordinance that would fine online rental market...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Street Fee Opponents Begin Campaigning, But City Council is Still Undecided on Its Tax Plan


Portland City Council still doesn't know what its "street fee" is going to look like. But that hasn't stopped opponents from launching their political campaign against it.

A mailer arriving at Portland homes this week demands a public vote on Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner St...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

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